Our lab aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanism of the development and prevention of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Our research primarily focuses on the following areas: 1) the molecular mechanisms underlying adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and during aging, 2) the molecular mechanisms by which dietary components regulate energy metabolism and prevent metabolic diseases, and 3) the dietary regulation of aging and aging-related metabolic diseasesOur research has been funded by National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Allen Foundation.


Xiaoli Chen

Dr. Xiaoli Chen, PhD. M.D.
Professor and General Mills Chair in Genomics for Healthful Foods, Director of Graduate Studies in Nutrition
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN  55108-1038
Office Phone: (612) 626-1220
Fax: (612) 625-5272
E-Mail: [email protected]